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  • Fort Saint Louis, Martinique

    We return with another tourist on Wednesday telling you about Fort Saint Louis in Martinique. The Fort is 600 meters long and 100 meters wide and rises 40 meters above the Française beach. The fort avoided numerous assaults, including several victories such as the Battle of Fort Royal on July 20, 1674. The fort avoided numerous assaults, including several victories such as the Battle of Fort Royal on July 20, 1674. It is open to the public daily with a cost of 8 euros for adults and half for children that includes a tour of approximately one hour. Now the fort is an active Naval Base. Le Jardin du Roi (The Garden of the King) La Savane was built in the 18th century and used for training by the French military stationed in Fort Saint Louis. In 1830, La Savane converts to Le Jardin du Roi (The Garden of the King). The redeveloped La Savane is an area for walks and to have a picnic. Française Beach Française Beach is located at the front of the Saint Louis Fort. It is perfect for the passengers of the cruises (short walking distance). Enjoy a peaceful day in the city! #Martinique #Travel #Carribbean #Fort Saint Louis

  • Marché Couvert (Grand Marche), Martinique

    We arrived at Martinique on a cruise ship. Fort de France called "Paris of the Caribbean" is the capital of Martinique. Marché Couvert (Grand Marche) is a covered market not air-conditioned. An opportunity to see the local people get their products. It's a pleasing mixture of smells and Caribbean colors. You can buy fruits, vegetables, art, spices, baskets, flowers, wines, cloth, souvenirs and the variety is very good. The prices were reasonable. Everyone was extremely welcoming and sociable. Have several restaurants with all food types. I loved the place and my son enjoyed too. When you visit Martinique remember to put Marché Couvert on your list of things to discover, you won't regret it. #Martinique #Caribbean #Travel

  • Romney Manor Botanical Gardens, St. Kitts

    I share my favorite garden in St. Kitts. Romney Manor belonged to Sam Jefferson, an ancestor of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States. In the seventeenth century, it was sold to Earl Romney calling it Romney Manson. In 1834, the estate became the first plantation to free all its slaves. Botanical Gardens Part of the estate, some six acres have now been converted into splendid botanical gardens, with tropical plants, an old bell tower, and a 400-year-old Saman tree. Guides are available to help select the best trails and share information about the ecological diversity of St. Kitts. Caribelle Batik Romney Manor is home to one of St. Kitts' most famous local businesses. Using the traditional Indonesian method of treating the fabric with wax, the artisans of the Batik of Caribelle have been creating their clothes and tapestries for more than 30 years. Demonstration of the Craftsmen and Shop During the visit, artists can be seen demonstrating Batik's techniques and telling the history of art. Wax is applied to the fabric and dye to wax-free areas. This is done several times to create amazing designs with beautiful colors. Thirty-five employees are employed by the factory full-time. In the shop, you can find magnificent products of bright colors such as Caribbean fabrics, clothes, gifts, fans, and accessories of all kinds. Amazingly, no two pieces are exactly the same. I have visited this garden three times. It is my favorite place to buy fans. My first visit was in 2011 and I still have a fan that I bought like new. Tell us in the comments if you have visited this garden. #StKitts #Caribbean #Travel

  • Pululahua Crater, Ecuador

    The day woke up rainy, again on our trip to Ecuador. The most attractive thing about this visit to Pululahua was to see if it would be possible to live inside a volcano crater. Our hopes of being able to see the crater of the Pululahua (Water Cloud) volcano were disappearing. The whole way it was drizzling, it was raining, and the sun came out a little. But nature cooperated for a few minutes... This volcano, called potentially active since its last eruption was more than 2000 years ago, is located in the Pululahua Geobotanical Reserve (3,383 hectares) less than 20 kilometers from the city of Quito, Ecuador, and 3 kilometers from the Middle of the World circle. Unlike the other volcanoes that we see in Ecuador, this one is not shaped like a mountain, it is made up of three hills (volcanic domes) called: Pondoña, El Chivo, and Pan de Azúcar. Inside the crater of the Pululahua volcano, which is one of the few inhabited in the world, is the San Isidro Community that you can see in the photos. The residents, who are approximately thirty families, are dedicated to agriculture and hospitality. Although for reasons of time, we observed from the Ventanillas Viewpoint (Volcano Viewpoint), during your visit you can be a little more adventurous by doing the “Sal si puede” Trail (1.8 kilometers). According to the sign, it is of medium difficulty and it takes 90 minutes to go down the stairs to the community. The day we visited there were students from the Eloy Alfaro Military Superior School and their suffering faces when they reached the top made me think that they were extremely conservative when classifying the difficulty of climbing all those stairs. In the crater, you can camp, cycle, or horseback ride. Have you ever been to a volcano? What did you like the most? Tell us your experience in the comments. #Travel #Ecuador #Aventure

  • Paddleboarding in Condado Lagoon, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    Looking for a water adventure in San Juan? I recommend a paddle board ride in Condado Lagoon. Paddleboarding has become the number one growing sport in the world. With each visit to the beach, we see more children, families, and adults enjoying the water on their paddles. Last week we visited Condado Lagoon to eliminate this activity from our Bucket List. The paddle boards are rented by the hour and provide you with basic instructions. We made the reservation for the last service shift which is from 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Last Friday the weather was cloudy and quite windy. I thought we wouldn't be able to run the paddle but we were lucky that it didn't rain. We had never practiced paddle boarding although we are a family that practices kayaking. The girl gave us the safety rules and all the necessary tricks to be able to stand on the paddle. La Laguna has a little swell and is perfect for every skill level of paddler. The wind made us exercise a lot. While we paddled we were able to see tarpon, starfish, and a pufferfish. We spent some time relaxing, admiring the stunning views of the city. Although an hour seems like a short amount of time, it will allow you to do the complete collection. After more than an hour of paddling, they allowed my son to use the inflatable at no additional cost. We were delighted with this experience. We will return soon to see if we encounter the manatees. Tell us, have you paddled, and what your experience was like? #RoadTripPuertoRico #AventuraenPuertoRico #PuertoRico #AventurasenFamilia #SanJuan #BucketList

  • Las Salinas, Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico

    In this post, I tell you about a place that you cannot miss in my town. The Salinas de Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico is an area of ​​great historical and ecological value where you can enjoy lagoons, salt flats, dry forests, and mangroves. The salt extraction process is carried out in the salt flats. Las Salinas is considered one of the oldest industries under continuous use in the Western Hemisphere at about 507 years. The extraction process is quite simple. When the tide rises using channels and a system of gates, seawater is carried to the lagoon. The lagoon is filled to the level required to produce the salt and more water is allowed to evaporate than enters. This step allows the salinity to increase and we have been told that it takes about three months. When the desired salinity is obtained, they pump the water. In the photos, you see the foam that is produced when pumping the water. To remove the salt, they scrape it with a digger or excavator. They transport it in trucks whose bodies are made of wood since salt corrodes iron. The last stage of the process is to leave the salt uncovered to dry, placing it in the shape of a mountain. In Las Salinas there is a project that works with the conservation, protection, and restoration of the Cabo Rojo National Fish and Wildlife Refuge called the Efrén Pérez Rivera Interpretative Center. The Center offers interpretive tours through the dry forest, has an educational exhibition of birds, sales of crafts, books, and course salt. In my house that salt is what we use for cooking. List of “mandatory” activities in Las Salinas : Bird watching Buy salt Cycle through the Salinas towards the Camino Los Domínguez Pass the sand traps by bike Discover why you cannot climb the Salt Mountain on foot or by bike Finding the Las Salinas floodgate system Find the cotton bushes Finding a salt-stuffed crab Photo of trucks with wooden bodywork The classic photo in the hammock of the wooden ranch Go up to the viewpoint in front of the Interpretive Center Tell us in the comments about your experience visiting this place or if you would like to visit it one day. #CaboRojo #AventuraenPuertoRico #PuertoRico

  • Adjuntas Hanging Bridge of Garzas Lake, Adjuntas, Puerto Rico

    On long weekends, my coastal town is packed with people so we like to go “pal monte”. This time we planned a “road trip” to Adjuntas, Puerto Rico. Adjuntas is known as The City of the Sleeping Giant. In Adjuntas you can enjoy several tourist attractions such as Lago Garzas, Bosque Guillarte, Casa Pueblo, and Haciendas, among others. Our family's favorite adventure when we visit Adjuntas is getting to the Hanging Bridge (Hammock). Not many Puerto Ricans know of its existence. When I uploaded the photos to social networks, people flooded asking where it was located, which motivated me to write this post. The Hanging Bridge is located on Highway 518 (Km 7.4) near the La Bellota restaurant and bar. The bridge was built in 1943. Access to the bridge is pedestrian. In the photo you can see the sign that identified the place in 2015 and now in 2018. Don't expect a tour guide because there isn't one. The walk can be a little difficult for people who are not used to doing physical activities since you have to go up and down a hill. I recommend wearing sports shoes and bringing water. They have to walk along the path for 15 to 20 minutes. The walk allows you to be in contact with the forest, relax, and feel peace. I left my sports shoes. You see why I recommended them to you... They had to put up with me the whole way. Maybe I broke a record by crossing the bridge in heels. Of course, if you go with children they will ask several times how long it takes to see the bridge. You begin to see the water of the Lake between the bamboos. The excitement of the children when they saw the bridge is indescribable. The experience of crossing the bridge is unique. You feel your adrenaline rising with the swaying of the bridge. This is what my eyes saw as I crossed. Spectacular! Catch of the day! As we crossed we met some residents of the area fishing. Garzas Lake Another Adjuntas attraction that we visited was the Garzas Lake or Reservoir. They told us that it was built between 1936 to 1943. The water is used for the production of hydroelectric energy and drinking water. The lake has a boat ramp. The day we visited they were giving a kayak excursion. Casa Pueblo It is a community self-management project with more than 35 years. At your facilities, you will receive a talk about the achievements of this project and a tour of the entire house, including the butterfly garden. In the artisanal store, you can get Madre Isla Coffee, which is artisanal and of high quality. You have to try it! Plaza de Recreo There are two obligatory things to do in the public square: have a coffee and look for the thermometer. I am not going to upload the photo of the thermometer so that they will be surprised when they see it. Walking around the town center we found a bicycle stand and we couldn't resist taking a photo. Venture to visit The City of the Sleeping Giant. You will be surprised by everything it has to offer. Tell us in the comments if you already have your photo on the Adjuntas Hanging Bridge or are planning to visit it soon. #PuertoRico #Adjuntas #AventurasenFamilia #RoadTripPuertoRico #MiércolesdeTuristeo

  • Cara del Indio, Isabela, Puerto Rico

    Cara del Indio is a monument in honor of Cacique Mabodomaca who ruled the territories that are now Isabela and Quebradillas in Puerto Rico. Chief Mabodamaca fought bravely with his Indians against the Spanish in the Battle of Guajataca. This second combat is better known as the second indigenous rebellion where many of our Taínos perished. It was sculpted in 2001. Update July 2020: This time we went by bicycle to visit the monument. Tell us in the comments if you already have your photo at the Cara del Indio monument. #PuertoRico #AventuraenPuertoRico #RoadTripPuertoRico #mtb#mtblife#isabela#puertorico#turisteandoenpuertorico#turismo#placestovisit#placespuertorico#historiadepuertorico

  • Yauco: has beaches!

    I enjoyed taking this photo. We had to wait until the cars were far away and the street was hot, but at Econaturista we sacrificed ourselves for you. With these letters on the road, the situation is clarified that the town of Yauco, Puerto Rico has beaches and part of the Dry Forest which is a World Heritage Site. Among them Playa Tamarindo, Playa Atalladora, and Playa Ballena that I will present to you next tourist Wednesday. #AventuraenPuertoRico #RoadTripPuertoRico #PuertoRico

  • The Cobblestones of Old San Juan, Puerto Rico.

    That moment when you realize that there is a great story beneath your feet. This time it is the story of the blue or grayish cobblestones of Old San Juan. The paving of the streets of San Juan began to be seen at the end of the 18th century. The first tests to pave the streets of San Juan were carried out in 1883. The first shipment of paving stones arrived in 1890 from Liverpool, England. The first street was paved in 1891. Cobblestones are made from iron slag. In the iron foundries of Sunderland, England was accumulating slag. They melted it in molds to form blocks that eventually became paving stones. We encourage you to look for curiosities or small details in each of your trips, they will enrich your visit and you will appreciate the destination visited much more. Tell us, you already had the opportunity to step on the cobblestones of San Juan, Puerto Rico. #RoadTripPuertoRico #AventuraenPuertoRico #AventurasenFamilia #SanJuan #PuertoRico

  • Magic at Sunset at Castillo San Felipe del Morro, San Juan, Puerto Rico

    The sun slowly slides towards the horizon, painting the sky in shades of orange, pink, and gold. In that magical moment, the Castillo San Felipe del Morro in San Juan, Puerto Rico comes to life with incomparable beauty. This imposing fort, witness to centuries of history, becomes the perfect setting to watch the sunset. Strategically located at the entrance to San Juan Bay, the San Felipe del Morro Castle has witnessed battles, sieges, and the passing of time. But as evening falls, all the bustle of the day fades and the castle is immersed in a serene tranquility. Visitors gather to witness the spectacle that nature offers at every sunset. It is a time to reflect, to marvel at the greatness of this area and the beauty of the land where I was born. It is as if the past and present merge into an eternal moment, where the magic of the sunset becomes a bridge between yesterday and today. For those of us who have had the opportunity to witness a sunset at the Castillo San Felipe del Morro, the experience is unforgettable and a reminder of the importance of preserving our cultural heritage. At each sunset, the castle gives us a moment of amazement and admiration, inviting us to connect with the history of our island. Tell us in the comments if you already have your photo at Castillo San Felipe del Morro or are planning to visit it soon. #RoadTripPuertoRico #AventuraenPuertoRico #AventurasenFamilia #SanJuan #PuertoRico

  • Holy Week in Quito through the Procession of Jesús del Gran Poder

    Holy Week in Quito, Ecuador, is a celebration of great importance and religious significance for the Catholic community where faith, tradition, and community come together in a unique and moving celebration. During this week, the city is filled with religious events, processions, and deep-rooted traditions that attract local faithful and tourists from all over the world. Good Friday: Procession of de Jesús del Gran Poder In Ecuadorian Holy Week, one of the most famous processions is the procession of Jesús del Gran Poder, it is considered the most important religious celebration in the city of Quito, which we had the opportunity to attend in person. We arrived in Quito on Holy Thursday late at night and we were not able to witness the procession of Silence. Early Friday we walked from the hotel to the Historic Center of Quito. Early in the morning, the crowd sits on the sidewalks to wait for the procession. This procession has been carried out since 1961, initially at the initiative of priest Francisco Fernández, and continues to be held annually on Good Friday to remember the death of Jesus. The tour begins at noon, at the church of San Francisco, one of the architectural jewels of the Historic Center of Quito, and crosses the streets of the Historic Center from south to north and then returns. The devotion and intensity of the religious celebration truly leave a lasting impression on those of us who witness it for the first time. The Cucuruchos and the Veronicas are the traditional characters that accompany Jesús del Gran Poder and Virgen Dolorosa on this journey. The combination of the gathered crowd, the thousands of cucuruchos with their purple tunics and hoods, as well as the obvious sacrifice of those who walk barefoot in the rain and some carry poisonous herb, in their hands. The cucuruchos that left me astonished were the ones with cactus crosses on their backs as seen in the photo, it is an image that will surely remain engraved in my memory forever. Without a doubt, attending early to find a good location and preparing yourself to be surrounded by a crowd of people is important to be able to fully enjoy the procession. It is interesting to note how street vendors take advantage of the occasion to offer sweets and other products, including raincoats, which can be useful considering the weather conditions that may occur during the event. These small interactions add an extra element to the experience, allowing attendees to further engage with the unique atmosphere of this celebration. The procession of Jesús del Gran Poder is an opportunity for both Quiteños and visitors from other parts of the country and the world to come together for a unique experience. This procession has been a symbol of the faith and devotion of the Ecuadorian Catholic community. Beyond its religious meaning, this event is also a cultural and heritage expression that reflects the identity and history of Quito.

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